On March 7, 2018, City Council will celebrate long-serving City workers. Among them are three who have given exceptionally long service to the city: Jill Peterson, Warren Hays, and Chief Gary Tillotson.


Jill Peterson started her employment with the City on February 16, 1982 as a Planning Secretary and Administrative Assistant to the Community Development Department. Jill has witnessed many changes throughout her 35 years here and has moved from her initial job in Community Development to a City Planner position, and is currently the Deputy City Clerk. Jill says it is “never a dull moment” working at the City and has enjoyed the many opportunities to learn new things “at the school of hard knocks on local government!”


Warren Hays began as a temp in the Streets Department in the fall of 1991 before becoming a permanent employee on February 9, 1992 as a Maintenance Worker. He eventually moved to the Water Department in 1996 and has consistently moved up from there. Warren’s drive was evident last year when he became the Chief Water Treatment Plant Operator. He “can’t believe how fast the time has gone by” in his 25 years here.


Chief Gary Tillotson left the construction field to turn his volunteer fire and EMS work into a full-time job and started working for the City on August 11, 1992. Over the past 25 years, Gary has served as a Firefighter and EMT, Lieutenant, Captain, Battalion Chief, and is now Fire Chief. Gary says he finds “huge satisfaction in being a part of a great organization providing outstanding service to our community.”


Other employees celebrating anniversaries include:


Troy Benson, Building Maintenance II

Lynne Springer, Code Enforcement Officer

Chris Dietrich, Police Officer III / School Resource Officer

Bradley Noel, Police Detective

Kathleen Michel, Community Development Administrative Assistant I

Terri Partch, City Engineer


Elida Trujillo Solano, Building Maintenance I

Mary Louise Haflinger, Procurement / Contracts Coordinator

Blake Gobbo, Police Officer III / K9 Handler

Daniel Scott, Police Sergeant

James Nimmo, Firefighter II / EMT Paramedic

Dustin Noffsinger, Fleet Technician


Jessica Hawkins, Customer Service Representative II

Martha Gonzalez, Janitorial Staff Supervisor

Janie Daniels, Parking Attendant

Matthew Gronbeck, Police Sergeant

Joshua Allison, Firefighter II / Engineer

Ronald Biggers, Fire Marshal

Jason Grosse, Fire Lieutenant

Jesse Hood, Fire Lieutenant

Layne Wing, Firefighter II / Engineer

Larry Mills, Electric Meter Technician